THE POWER OF JOURNALISM, Leigh Sales & Hedley Thomas

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  • Location: Legends Bar and Grill, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland


David Hicks, Mohammed Haneef, Jayant Patel

Greedy for stories that 'officialdom' often wants to hide, they are the investigative journalists who continually probe the tightly closed doors of governments and corporations for the truth behind the 'spin'.

Hedley Thomas doggedly extracted the facts behind the Bundaberg Hospital scandal and the infamous surgeon, Jayant Patel. As a senior reporter with The Australian, in 2007 Hedley investigated Dr. Mohammed Haneef's arrest on terrorism related charges and subsequent release. He won Walkley Awards for these reports, bringing to five the total Walkleys won in his reporting career.

Leigh Sales explored the story of David Hicks' five years in Guantanamo Bay prison without trial. She applied the techniques of 'literary journalism' to question the complex and often incomprehensible machinations of his detention. Her book Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks won the prestigious George Munster Award for Independent Journalism in 2007.  Leigh is also a Walkley Award winner.

For a behind-the-scenes insight into the rigours of investigative reporting, join Hedley and Leigh in conversation with Peter Thompson as they talk about narrative journalism and the writing of non-fiction novels.

THE POWER OF JOURNALISM, Leigh Sales & Hedley Thomas
Friday 11 12.00pm $65 Legends Bar and Grill
Duration: approximately 3 hours.
Includes a two course lunch with one glass of wine on arrival.

Downloadable: Full 'The Noosa Longweekend' Festival Programme

Event Name: The Noosa Longweekend
Dates (2008): 4-13 July 2008
Location: various venues and locations throughout the Noosa Shire
Telephone: 07 5474 9941
Fax: 07 5474 9940

Combine arts and culture with sun and sand at The Noosa Longweekend in one of the world's most enviable destinations.  The Noosa Longweekend is an annual 10-day festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, food, film, literature and thought-provoking, barrier-breaking forums, that has become recognised as one of Australia's foremost regional cultural events.  The Noosa Longweekend offers a unique cultural experience that engages audiences with a quality artistic program, world-class cuisine, and the stunning natural environment unique to Noosa.   Established in 2002 by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, his wife Kristin and former Berlin Philharmonic violinist Brett Dean, the festival continues to attract some of Australia's and the world's best artists, performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, environmentalists and commentators.  

The 2008 program includes Amanda Muggleton, Max Gillies, Opera Australia, Circa, Geraldine Doogue, Barrie Cassidy, Maggie Beer, John Buchanan, Kaz Cooke, Hugh Mackay, Monsieur Camembert, The Idea of North, Sara Storer.  Plus an extensive free community program including lots of school holiday activities for kids, teens and families.

Noosa's unique geography and village-style atmosphere provide the inspiring backdrop for this festival that offers visitors beautiful beaches and national parks, fabulous food and culture - nourishment for the body, mind and soul.   A celebration that embraces diversity, The Noosa Longweekend presents a broad program of ticketed, low-cost and free events that entertains, enlivens and inspires its many different audiences.


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